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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Colorado Springs-area nature trails will soon be one

    Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    For decades, the Paul Intemann Memorial Nature Trail lay in two pieces no more than a mile apart, but separated by a mountain of conflict. Soon, the two pieces will be united. After 20 years of legal battles between the city of Manitou Springs and two local landowners, trail...

  • Forest Service warns of booby trap on Rampart Range-area trail

    Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    The Forest Service is on the hunt for saboteurs after dirt bikers found a homemade spike strip buried in a trail in the Rampart Range area in Douglas County. Recreationists discovered the spike strip on May 5 in the Pike/San Isabel National Forest, according to a news release that...

  • $1.6M raised for stabilization work on popular Manitou Incline

    Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    Think hiking the Incline is a bear? Consider the efforts of volunteers and Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services personnel who raised some $1.6 million to cover repairs to the bruising yet beloved trail in Manitou Springs. "We've raised the necessary funds to...

  • Enthusiasm, knowledge help Black Forest teen earn birder of the year honor

    Updated: Mon, May 5, 2014

    After the devastation of the Black Forest fire, 15-year-old Alec Wyatt learned firsthand about the resiliency of birds. Taking it upon himself to check on nest boxes affixed to charred trees, the Black Forest resident and teenage bird enthusiast was astonished to find dozens of eggs...

  • Group creates new landscape for tiny Woodland Park church in just one day

    Updated: Mon, Apr 28, 2014

    ot long after reopening a tiny Woodland Park church in 2012, recently ordained minister Ken Hellmer saw it was time to alter his battle plan. An Iraq War veteran coming off a 22-year stint in the Air Force, the retired master sergeant found himself presiding over a physical plant in...

  • Healthy rafting season expected for Arkansas River after a snow-filled winter

    Updated: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    The snow that pounded Colorado's high country all winter - delighting skiers with an extended season - looks poised to bring thrills to the state's whitewater enthusiasts. Not to mention the businesses that put them in the water. While southwestern Colorado is lagging when it comes...

  • Earth Day: Events Tuesday in the Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Here's a look at Earth Day events in the Colorado Springs area: • Life is Green - Earth Day presentation, Colorado Springs Local filmmaker Dave Gardner leads an Earth Day talk exploring connections between sustainability and a meaningful life. 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tim Gill Center...

  • Legacy of the Ludlow Massacre lives on

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    On a windswept prairie near Trinidad, nestled in a grove of trees, a little-seen roadside memorial still preserves a place remembered as the "death pit." It's where two women and 11 children suffered fiery deaths during a Colorado National Guard raid on a camp of striking coal miners...

  • Iconic Colorado Springs park tops for thieves

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Garden of the Gods is No. 1 — but don't start cheering yet. Turns out that the iconic Colorado Springs park that draws nearly 2 million visitors a year is also a favorite of thieves, police figures show. During the first three months of 2014, thieves broke into parked vehicles at...

  • Colorado conservationists hail 50 years of protections under the Wilderness Act

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    What started as a vision for keeping America's wildest places "untrammeled by man" has reached a milestone. The Wilderness Act turns 50 this year, and Colorado conservationists are celebrating with activities meant to highlight its landmark protections, which have been extended to...

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